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Construction defects are rampant in many new housing developments

No home is perfect. But a brand-new home should be free from preventable problems that can leave it substantially devalued - or, even worse, unlivable.

The boom in new housing developments has made these homes available to more and more segments of the population. Yet, under pressure to keep prices down and profits up, national homebuilding companies sometimes prioritize quantity over quality. Their focus is on throwing up as many new homes in as short a timeframe as possible. Buyers are then left holding the ball of shoddy construction.

It happens more often than you might think

Last fall, a national news report shed light on the prevalence of defects in new home construction, especially among the big names in national homebuilders. Sold on the dream of a polished new home in a blossoming neighborhood, homeowners soon find those dreams shattered when costly problems arise.

Far too many Florida homeowners have found themselves in this unenviable position. One of the biggest issues? Water problems.

Understanding water intrusion

It should be no surprise that water intrusion is a major threat to any construction - old or new - in Florida's wet, humid climate. Catastrophic damage can result from any number of errors during the planning or construction stage, including:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Design defects
  • Failure to conduct a proper soil investigation
  • Improper grading and drainage
  • Subpar materials
  • Defective plumbing

Likewise, any number of elements may be involved, from the roof to the siding to the foundation itself.

What this means for you

If you're considering building or buying a newly built home, do your homework. Get a thorough inspection before ownership transfers hands (and at various points throughout the construction process, if you're building). Work only with a trusted real estate agent. Take every action possible to protect yourself, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

As a homeowner, don't overlook potential problems. Take action swiftly when you suspect something is awry. If you wait too long, you could be out of luck.

Depending on the terms of sale, you may have a warranty claim for the damages. Even if the warranty has expired, you might have a construction defect claim. Much depends on your unique circumstances. For that reason, it's wise to consult with an attorney about your options.

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